The close relative of the VW Tiguan, the Skoda Karoq, has received a facelift to take it comfortably to the end of its lifecycle. Like the original compact SUV released in 2017, the restyled 2022 Skoda Karoq doesn’t come with a hybrid powertrain.
“We are making our best-selling SUVs Kodiaq and Karoq fit for the years ahead,” Thomas Schafer, CEO, Skoda, said in his closing speech at the company’s annual press conference in March 2021. Electrification is the way forward at Volkswagen Group, and so, central to keeping products “fit for the years ahead.” However, for the Karoq, Skoda is not considering even a basic level of electrification in the first generation model.
Executing facelifts of popular cars are tricky in general, and for budget models, the revised price shouldn’t budge much. According to a report from Autocar, Oliver Stefani, Head of Design, Skoda, has said that preparing a mid-life update for a car is “a challenge.” The task is not easy, and it demands creativity in plenty as much of the time there isn’t anything really to fix, yet the market expects something fresh.
The 2022 Skoda Karoq has no extravagant changes, but the mid-cycle action provides a refreshing look while keeping production costs in check. The new model looks more confident with the wider, hexagonal radiator grille and the new bumper. The narrower headlights featuring LED Matrix technology (a new feature), adds sophistication to the SUV. The Karoq gets new alloy wheels with special covers that improve airflow. The aero wheels are similar to those we see on EVs, but don’t expect a Karoq EV to appear in the current generation model. At the rear, a new bumper and slimmer tail lights provide a distinct identity to the car.
The interior design of the 2022 Skoda Karoq is nearly identical to the outgoing model, and the main visual change is a new two-spoke steering wheel. However, a three-spoke steering wheel is still available.
Skoda has used new ECO fabric, made of vegan, partially recycled and recyclable materials, in the new Karoq. The SUV’s seat cover now comes from recycled PET bottles. Unlike previously, the Karoq offers an electrically operated front passenger seat with a memory function. Another new feature is a standard 8-inch Virtual Cockpit mini digital instrument cluster, although the bigger, 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster with a wider range of functions is available optionally.
The new Karoq’s customer deliveries in the Czech Republic, where prices start at CZK 638,900 (EUR 25,103), begin in the Spring of 2022. Skoda has produced more than half a million units of the Karoq since the introduction in 2017. The Karoq was the second best-selling Skoda model after the Octavia in 2020 and also in the first half of 2021. The mid-cycle refresh should help the Karoq to continue as the sales runner-up in the Skoda family for the next few years.
2022 Skoda Karoq FAQs
What is the release date of the new Skoda Koroq?
The new Skoda Karoq will go on sale in the Spring of 2022.
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What is the price of the 2022 Karoq range?
The new Skoda Karoq’s prices start at CZK 638,900 (EUR 25,103) in the Czech Republic.
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